We're on a mission from God

Sermon for All Saints Day, 11/1/2015.  Click the link to listen.



Don't let your stuff keep other people away from God

Mark 9:38-50
Imagine you are waiting in a parked car for a friend to come out of a store.
While you are waiting, you see a man in a convertible driving too fast in the parking lot. 
The man quickly pulls into the handicapped parking space by the door.
He throws open the car door, jumps out, looks at his watch, and then jogs past the sliding automatic doors and into the store.
A few minutes later, you see a van drive up and stop just to the right of the convertible parked in the handicapped space
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Our hope has to be big enough for God

Preached at Cynthia Sherman's Memorial Service
John 11:21-27New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,[b] the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
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To Legit to Quit - 1 Kings 18:41-19:8

Homily at the Iona School for Ministry

Three years ago, I was watching a music awards ceremony with my sons because the South Korean singer, rapper and dancer PSY was going to perform on the show.

This was the year that Gangham Style was played a lot in our house.

A lot.

And there was a lot of horse-riding-dancing going on.

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Sometimes we need hard medicine

[The Woman] begged [Jesus] to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Jesus said to her, 'Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." 

"It is not right to give the children's food to the dogs?"

What's got into Jesus?
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